Keiskammahoek-based Nomzi Sam was showered with gifts from various departments, non-governmental organisations and individuals during a dignified farewell send-off function organised by the Eastern Cape provincial department of safety and liaison (DSL) in partnership with Sizaminguqu Community Crime Prevention (SCCP) at Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg last week.
The 34-year-old Mthwaku Senior Secondary matriculant jetted off to the USA on Monday where she will be studying public safety over a 10-month period at the Bunker Hill Community College, in Boston.
Ginsberg-based SCCP was instrumental in ensuring that the Ndlovini rural village girl received the scholarship which has been sponsored by the US Embassy.
King William’s Town police station commander Colonel Nomvuyo Mrwebi encouraged Sam to concentrate hard and proudly fly the flag on behalf of the country, the Eastern Cape and her community.
DSL acting head of department HOD Zukile Kani was the keynote speaker at the function and spoke about the reality of human trafficking while urging Sam to be vigilant and to take in taking care wherever she goes.
He also commended SCCP for their initiative to develop the youth within the our community.
Sam is the chairperson of the Lingomsolethu Youth Group which assists children with their schoolwork, and encourages them to improve their vocabulary and writing skills.
“I am grateful for this occasion organised by all stakeholders. I have a passion for education, and dream of having a library in our community as I strongly believe it would make a positive impact to young children as they are my target group,” Sam said.
“When I’m back, I will share the information, skills and experience obtained and, most importantly, work closely with the department involved in emergency services.
“People in our communities need to be informed as to what to do to reduce mitigate crime and there is also a need for a trustworthy relationship of trust between the community and police.”